Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Introduced along with Free Trial Downloads

Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Microsoft announced to release SQL Server 2008, the latest version of its database management software. The new edition of SQL Server 2008 offers powerful new capabilities in areas like policy-based management, auditing, large-scale data warehousing, geospatial data, and advanced reporting and analysis services.

Microsoft’s SQL Server 2008 software is immediately available to Microsoft Developer Network and TechNet subscribers. SQL Server 2008 licenses have already been available for ordering from 1st August, 2008. Free SQL Server 2008 downloads has also been made available for public evaluation via the company’s Web site.

Talking about the new arrival, Pallavi Kathuria, Director – Server Business Group, Microsoft India said, “We have seen great success for SQL Server during our last financial year, with SQL Server revenue growing at an amazing 54% – much faster than the market itself. This is testament to the fact that SQL Server is a mission critical, enterprise ready database solution that is seeing wide scale deployment across India and with the availability of SQL Server 2008, we expect to continue building on this great momentum.”

She further added, “Microsoft SQL Server 2008 is the only major database that includes comprehensive, tightly integrated functionality for data management as well as advanced business intelligence – all out-of-the-box. By offering a complete solution, we save customers time and money and allow them to focus on deriving the most value from their data assets.”

Microsoft claims, SQL Server is the first database showing results on TPC-E, the TPC’s modern OLTP benchmark that realistically models real-world applications. SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 show record scalability and performance with ISV benchmarks which cover a spectrum of customer scenarios. Most recently, Unisys and Microsoft engineers loaded one terabyte of data using SQL Server 2008 Integration Services in a record time of less than 30 minutes.

SQL Server 2008 is available in six different editions, which are SQL Server 2008 Standard, SQL Server 2008 Workgroup, SQL Server 2008 Web, SQL Server 2008 Express, SQL Server Compact and SQL Server 2008 Enterprise.

The new range of SQL Server 2008 softwares are expected to be offered at the same price as the previous versions.